Volleyball Blanks Coast Guard to Start RWU Invite

Volleyball Blanks Coast Guard to Start RWU Invite
The defense by the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team was too much for the Coast Guard Academy to handle on Friday. The Wildcats downed the Bears 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-4) during the first day of the Roger Williams Invitational and extended their winning streak to 15 games. 

Coast Guard: 7-7
Johnson & Wales: 15-0

Statistical Leaders:
Emily Kalmink: 7 Kills, 8 Blocks, .667 Hitting %
Brylee Frank: 24 Assists, 13 Digs
Maria Coniglio: 11 Kills

Of Note:
The Wildcats limited the Bears to -.118 hitting by producing 41 digs and 10 blocks, compared to 26 and 5 for CGA. Middle blocker Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) led JWU with eight blocks while setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) had a double double with team highs of 13 digs and 24 assists. 

The top attacking team in NCAA Division III, the Wildcats hit .319 with three players hitting .400 or better. Kalmink hit .667 with seven kills while outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) was tops at 11 kills. 

Two Wildcat errors tied the first set at 20-20, but from there JWU went on a 5-1 run to win the set. Middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) had a pair of kills down the stretch. The Wildcats had 13-2 leads on their way to easy wins in the second and third sets. 

Up Next
Johnson & Wales is back at the RWU Invitational on Saturday when take on Worcester State at 1 pm followed by the host Eagles at 3 pm.